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Aprilia October 7, 2015 posted by Donn

Release Your Inner Lion – 2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory

Aprilia's winning entry into the super-naked / streetfighter sweepstakes was the 2003 RSV Tuono, and many updates and editions later, the 2008 Tuono ( thunder to some ) 1000R Factory was more than an unfaired sportbike with raised handlebars.  With its own frame design and bodywork, the Tuono makes excellent use of the Rotax 60-degree V-twin and provides a flexible platform for around town, cafe circuits, and track days.

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2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory

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Capitalizing on larger intakes, exhaust valves and exhaust tubes developed for the RSV Mille, the 997 cc engine boasts 139 hp, and has a countershaft vibration damping system.  The big twin is equipped with Aprilia's Pneumatic Power Clutch, a system to relieve clutch plate pressure on overrun, with resulting stability similar to a slipper clutch.  Two-into-two exhaust has upswept mufflers and stays away from the rider.  The gorgeous gold-anodized aluminum frame matches well with the forks, 43mm fully adjustable Ohlins.  Aprilia's Progressive System rear suspension also uses a 3-way adjustable Ohlins monoshock.  Brakes are Brembo Gold Line, 320mm front and 220mm rear, with braided stainless lines.

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The Tuono bikini, tank and seat complement each other well, though they stay busy.  Super-naked design can be a bit of a head scratcher for sportbike fans.  Little fairings and guards help the air into the radiator and protect the rider from hot stuff, and the bikini fairing has sculpted ram-air inlets, but things like hoses and fillers are out in the breeze.  There's quite a bit of carbon in the belly pan, fenders, and side panels, each with graphics in the clearcoat.  The contrasting blue on the forged alloy wheels is anodizing instead of paint, careful when cleaning.

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Offered by an Austin, Texas dealer, this Tuono has a little over 13,000 miles and looks very good.  Showing just a Leo Vince exhaust and Puig windshield as modifications, it's also pretty stock.  From the eBay auction:




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Maybe the second big twin in your garage, a change up bike when your shoulders get tired, this Tuono looks like a handful of fun.  Early models reviewed as wheelie monsters, geared a little bit higher since then.  It has a plastic tank so you'll need a strap-on or filler-mount tankbag, maybe a small tailbag, a backpack if you're out overnight.  Don't forget a can of chain lube, maybe every third tank, and hey, let's be careful out there...


Release Your Inner Lion – 2008 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory
Ducati October 6, 2015 posted by Donn

Colorful Commemorative – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom

Following Ben Bostrom's very successful 2000 World SuperBike season, Ducati commissioned a boldly painted first-year 998S special edition in his honor.  Building only 155 ( his race number ) units for the USA and another 155 for Europe ensured their rarity, and using the 916-derived design and the new Testastretta engine ensured legendary performance.  Often a collector bike, a low or no-mile example occasionally sneaks out into the light - thrilling Ducatisti at the possibility and sometimes leaving them to ask why.

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2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom for sale on eBay

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The '02 998S was the final revision to the trellis-framed platform that gave us the 916 and 996, next year's narrow-head engine adding 123 hp to the equation.  Termignoni aluminum mufflers end the stainless 2-into-2 underseat exhaust.  A good deal of carbon bodywork is used on the Bostrom, the side fairings, bellypan, front and rear fenders, airbox, chain and exhaust guards are all carbon.  Neat that the flames masked onto the side fairings expose the unpainted carbon fiber.  Of course there are Ducati norms like dry clutch ( with hydraulic control ) and outstanding brakes - the 320 mm dual front disks are 0.5 mm thinner than non-S bikes to cut unsprung weight.  Suspension is top of the line, fully adjustable Ohlins front and rear, as well as an Ohlins steering damper.

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Number 45 of 155, this Bostrom was packed away after 250 miles.  An unearthed gem or a shameful waste, depending on your point of view.  No damage or modifications except for a polished exhaust system, though the owner notes headlights are clouded.  From the eBay auction:

Bike is in mint condition. Original owner and stored under a cover in a heated and cooled garage all its life. Bike has Termignoni exhaust that was put on professionally. This Ducati would be great for any Ducati enthusiast or any Ben Bostrom fan. The bike is so new it still has stickers on the mirrors. This bike deserves to be in a museum! This is a chance to own one of the best most collectable Ducatis ever made.

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20151005 2002 ducati 998s bostrom tank

Bostrom was unable to continue his 2001 success in 2002 and returned to AMA SuperBike racing in 2003, making the Bostrom 998S a particularly rare special edition.  Not universally acclaimed, the splashy graphics are appreciated by those who enjoyed seeing an American rider abroad.  While I would rather the 998S returned  to its deserved spot in a museum after 50,000 or so beautiful miles, the owner does have a point.  Possibly added to your collection, or tuned up for the fall riding season, the 998S is a gem, the pinnacle of 916 development and super commemorative, for way less than it cost many years ago...


Colorful Commemorative – 2002 Ducati 998S Bostrom
Yamaha October 3, 2015 posted by Donn

Four Hundred Four Fizzer – 1988 Yamaha FZR400

Eclipsed by the 600's, or maybe just soft-pedaled by the factory as a domestic Japanese market special, the FZR400 lived out its eight-year stateside run in relative obscurity.  Because of it medium size and power, it was a bike that any rider, almost regardless of size or experience, could jump on and have a blast.  Occasionally recognized by the media as a sweet handler, it could embarrass its big brothers in the twisties, and finding one in nice shape is a rarity these days.

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1988 Yamaha FZR44 for sale on eBay

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Peeking out around the bodywork is the DeltaBox aluminum frame, seriously overbuilt for the 60 hp machine.  The overbuilding continues with the 41mm forks, 282 mm dual front rotors, and 110mm front / 140mm rear tires, larger than many bigger bikes at the time.  Max thrust arrives at 12,500 rpm, and Yamaha's EXUP exhaust ultimate power valve extends the torque band from the peak at 9,500 rpm.  Great paint design on the full endurance-style fairing.  There's room for lunch behind the dual seat ( with monoposto cover ) but for anything more than that you'll need a backpack.

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Listed by a Texas dealer, this FZR400 appears very good and shows just under 12,000 miles.  Supertrapp muffler and remote-reservoir monoshock are the only mods discussed in the eBay auction:

Here we have what may be one of the best remaining Yamaha FZR400s in the market today - we understand it was owned originally by a dentist in California, and then went into a well known sport bike collection and has therefore had very little use. It is showing just 11,373 miles on the clock. 
While the motorcycle is largely original it is fitted with a period Supertrap exhaust and aftermarket rear suspension. We can source and supply original items ex-Japan if required.

A nice addition is the tail cowl has three famous signatures including that of Wayne Rainey.

This motorcycle is mint mint mint!

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Reviewed as a bike you could enjoy cruising back roads and at the far reaches of its 14,000 rpm redline, the FZR400 is a bike for junior and expert riders alike.  After 1989 the fairing was given a 90's angular styling but the early models' design hangs together nicely.  While it would be cool to happen upon a homologation special, this one appears to have been cared for and parked indoors.  Many have been to the racetrack and had 600 cc engines installed, but a carefully maintained stocker might be better in the long run...


Four Hundred Four Fizzer – 1988 Yamaha FZR400
Bimota October 1, 2015 posted by Donn

We Live Too Fast – 1988 Bimota YB6

The liter-bike big brother of the successful 750cc YB4, the Bimota YB6 was a super-high performance hand-crafted machine.  Designed by Frederico Martini, a total of 546 of the Yamaha-powered superbike were produced from 1988-90.  It looked a great deal like the 1987 championship-winning YB4, but had 140 hp of Yamaha 5-valve engine behind the fairing.

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1988 Bimota YB6 for sale on eBay

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Squeezing the four cylinder engine as a stressed member, the massive aluminum extrusions of the YB6 provide a stable platform for the 165 mph machine.  The swingarm is a similar welded extrusion, and the big Yamaha motor is rotated a few degrees back to shorten the wheelbase.  Marzocchi provided the fully adjustable 42mm forks and remote reservoir monoshock.  four-piston Brembo calipers grip the 320mm front rotors, with 230mm rear.  Lovely endurance monoposto fairing is one of the most together designs ever, with dual fresh air intakes and classic but exciting graphics.

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Listed by a Piano, Italy shop that appears to specialize in restoring and customizing Harleys ( their motto is the title of this post ), this YB6 looks amazing.  Number 125 of the production run, it also looks to be number 1 in the Bimota historic register.  Pictured with a track-oriented dash with no odometer, the auction says it has 12,000 miles, might be km.  Not-so-period Termignoni carbon muffler could be retro-modded easily.  Lights and street dash are included, along with owner's manual and rear stand.  The owner offers references and assistance with shipping.  From the eBay auction:


Very early model, one owner from new (the president of Bimota Club Italia), fully preserved conditions, comes with original indicators, user manual, dashboard, paddock stand. Italian registration documents.

Bike is currently located in Italy, 33080 Roveredo in Piano (Pordenone) but I can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem.

We can supply US contact as reference.

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Likely a project to register for the road, this could be a collection starter, or could be a superb vintage racer with the YB4-based frame.  A top seller for Bimota, but only an hour's production at their engine supplier, the YB6 is a hand-built superbike with a great pedigree.  Just a pleasure to look at and daydream...

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We Live Too Fast – 1988 Bimota YB6
Suzuki September 30, 2015 posted by Donn

Gorilla For Sale – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100

The big-bore sportbike can lead a hard life, racing from light to light, changing hands often - it's rare to see one survive without some half thought-out mods and undamaged, but here is the exception.  The GSX-R models were the right step for Suzuki after many years developing the GS and Katana, introducing the 750 and 1100 to the USA in 1986 and starting a dynasty.  Lightweight for the time, with the beginnings of alloy frame construction and a now legendary powerplant, the GSX-R1100 is a once and future flagship.

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1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 for sale on eBay

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Suzuki's 1052cc mill is air and oil-cooled, with a newly designed two-stage oil pump providing high pressure to the bearings and lower pressure feed to cool the internals.  The carburetted engine with double overhead cams generates 125 hp and 76 ft-lbs. torque.  It's laid in a cradle of aluminum extrusions welded to cast connectors and steering head, more heavily built than the 750 frame and quite rigid.  Only five speeds are required with all that torque.  41mm front forks are fully adjustable, and Full Floater monoshock rear shock is adjustable for rebound.  Twin 310mm disks are up front with 4-piston calipers, and a single 220mm disk follows.

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This GSX-R has almost 12,000 miles but it doesn't amount to even light wear over just about 30 years.  Surprisingly stock for a liter bike of a certain age, most have been "improved" or all the alloys polished, re-painted or even re-bodied.  Looks super in the pictures, just a couple of notes in the eBay auction:

Has original Air Box, Exhaust, all wire ties, all frame plugs, hardware, assembly check paint on bolt heads, original brush finish on frame. Runs as good as it looks. Bike is 99% original I’d say.

Whats NOT original:
Battery (brand new sealed Yuasa brand)
Tires (brand new Bridgestone BT45s)

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Bidding started almost as soon as it was posted, and there's no telling what a time machine like this can bring.  Tests from the day praised the big machine's handling, torque and light weight, it'd be something to step back in time and smash an 11-second quarter-mile or straighten out Laguna Seca...


Gorilla For Sale – 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100
Ducati September 29, 2015 posted by Donn

Red, White and Green Pinstripes – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore

Following the 999 of 2003-06, Ducati returned to a more horizontal look to the superbike with the 1098.  Cadging another 100cc from World SuperBike rulemakers, the 1098 claimed 160 hp, but more importantly a small car-like 90 ft-lbs. of torque.  Improvements were made to the valve train and cooling system, mostly ending overheating and making the 7500-mile valve clearance inspection less likely to result in a shim change.

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2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore for sale on eBay

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The superbike that for some time claimed the best street-legal torque over weight ratio, the 1098S is capable of an 11-second quarter mile and 170 mph, leading some to say it's too much for the street.  The gold trellis frame and Marchesini  forged alloys have the chops to keep up.  All-Ohlins suspension helps out, with 43mm upside-down forks and monoshock on the single-sided swingarm.  Front brakes are 330mm with 4-piston calipers, and the rear is 245mm.  The two-into-one-into-two exhaust begins with a catalyst and ends with twin Termignoni carbon silencers.

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Originally owned by Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams, this 1098 has been treated to some nice updates and is looking for its fourth owner.  The second owner put most of the 12,500 miles on, and the third appears to have kept up with the maintenance.  Along the way it's acquired a few bumps but nothing major.  From the eBay auction:

Accessories from Ducati:

  • - Manuals, tool kit, 2nd key, code card
  • - Passenger seat
  • - USB Track software & ECU management software - dongle and disc (never used)
  • - Full Racing Termignoni Exhaust with Headers, Air Filter, Racing ECU and Carbon Fiber Exhaust Cans (Dealer Installed Option, all Ducati OEM)

Additional Accessories:

  • - Woodcraft Racing Rear-set Upgraded Peg Set with Woodcraft Brake & Shift Lever Option all in anodized black
  • - Integrated High Intensity LED Tail Light Kit with blinkers included custom made from CustomLED with Hazard's included
  • - Fender Eliminator Kit by CompetitionWerks – original fender with signals included
  • - Carbon Fiber Chain Guard
  • - Ducati Performance Slipper Clutch with Red Ducati Performance pressure plate
  • - Ducati Performance Bar Ends
  • - Ducati Performance Open Clutch Cover
  • - PUIG Light Smoke Desmo Windscreen

Recent Maintenance & Parts/Consumables included:

  • - Lithium Battery with trickle charger connector – installed 2015
  • - Michelin Pilot Power 2CT Front & Rear Tires – now with 600 Miles - Installed April 2013
  • - New D.I.D Performance Racing Grade Chain 525 in gold - Installed April 2013, 600 miles
  • - Ohlins OEM Fork-seal Overhaul Kit - (not just fork seals, but entire overhaul kit - Installed April 2013
  • - Ducati clutch spring replacement kit - Installed April 2013
  • - Ducati Clutch Pack - Installed October 2012
  • - Timing Belt Replacement & Valve Adjustment Major Service at 10,980 miles in 2012 by Ducati

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Tricolore editions number less than 1,000 and this distinctive paint will look super when the faux pas are taken care of.  The 1098 actually had a run even shorter than the 999, giving way to the 1198 after 2008.  With the factory upgrades to the model and the number of quality mods done, this 1098 should be a keeper, and more importantly a rider...


p.s. - the owner hints that his collection of 1974-2008 bikes may come to market, keep an eye on RSBFS...

Red, White and Green Pinstripes – 2007 Ducati 1098S Tricolore